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Old 01-01-2018, 03:54 PM   #1
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When the Well Runs Dry

For the first time since I started writing, I find myself without an idea for another story. I see two options. 1) Force myself to write something, anything, even if it's bad, or 2) Take a break and wait for a story to find me.

I worry that 1 will make writing feel like a chore that I resent, and that 2 may just never happen if I don't make it happen.

I can't be the first person on this forum to run out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them flowing again? Is there a third option I'm missing?
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:01 PM   #2
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I can't be the first person on this forum to run out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them flowing again? Is there a third option I'm missing?
You could check out the Story Ideas board. Or go through your music collection, Pintrest, your library... Smoke something funny, drink something that gives you a headache. Go out and look at people...
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For the first time since I started writing, I find myself without an idea for another story. I see two options. 1) Force myself to write something, anything, even if it's bad, or 2) Take a break and wait for a story to find me.

I worry that 1 will make writing feel like a chore that I resent, and that 2 may just never happen if I don't make it happen.

I can't be the first person on this forum to run out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them flowing again? Is there a third option I'm missing?
How many plot bunnies would you like? I have cages and cages of them. They are getting very expensive to feed so take all you want.

Seriously. Change your routine. Get out more and people watch. Type in Tumblr nude and check out whatever perversion catches your eye. Lots of plot bunnies there. Pictures are always a high percentage place to find plot bunnies. I have half a dozen folders full.
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:05 PM   #4
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For the first time since I started writing, I find myself without an idea for another story. I see two options. 1) Force myself to write something, anything, even if it's bad, or 2) Take a break and wait for a story to find me.

I worry that 1 will make writing feel like a chore that I resent, and that 2 may just never happen if I don't make it happen.

I can't be the first person on this forum to run out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them flowing again? Is there a third option I'm missing?
I get inspiration from reading other people's stories on this site. I look at how an author in a particular story treats the idea or subject matter, and usually I get ideas about how I might treat the subject matter differently, or take the plot concept in a completely different direction, or work with a similar plot idea but with completely different characters. Since this is an erotic story site, I play off what happens to turn me on. I might like an author's story, but I might also think that it would turn me on more if the subject were handled in a somewhat different way.

I enjoy seeing how other authors' imaginations work -- the imagining of characters and plots, the use of language and dialogue, the creation of settings, etc. Letting go of my own writing habits and biases and appreciating a story from another author's point of view can inspire me to try something different.

So you might try setting aside the compulsion to write for the moment, reading some stories, and coming back to writing when you're done with that.
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This time of year I find myself often having a hard time writing. It's difficult to focus and come up with the words and vision needed for whatever story I'm working on. And, if I'm not writing, trying to start something is equally resistant. There are just no words in my head worth putting down.

For me, it's probably from holiday fatigue. Too much good cheer, people, events, stress and so on. I have little time or energy left over for me and I get artistically drained. So, I write what I can as it comes to me and leave the rest for later. I have no fear that my head will just quit coming up with things to write about. Sometimes it may take awhile, there were a couple of years where I didn't write anything, but eventually the muses got too insistent to ignore. They aren't going to lose my address for their midnight visit schedule.

Eventually, the idea for a plot and new characters will hit you again. Whether you choose to run with it is up to you. Many don't and complain they have no inspiration when it's really just a matter of low energy. Or so I believe.
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For the first time since I started writing, I find myself without an idea for another story.
That's incomprehensible to me, to be honest. I pass a woman in the street, and there's the beginning of a story, if ever I needed another idea. Start with some tiny observation, and ask yourself, "I wonder why, I wonder when, I wonder what if..."
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Switching genres can help. Or, if all else fails, try some creative writing tricks. Ask someone to give you x number of items, locations and/or character features/traits, then try to make a story out of it. Juggle with the pieces. Engage your brain. Don't be afraid to be silly.

I've been in that place a couple of times. I tried the "write even if it's shit" approach and I wasted a few weeks and a good idea on it. In the end I had 10k words full of nothing. So I quit, aired my brain and suddenly, after three months of nothing, I had an inspiration. "No more High Fantasy for some time."

I dug out my notes on a Sci-Fi setting I had and started writing. "Fading Stars" is the result. One chapter published, one is with my editor and I'm drafting the third already. It's flowing much better than anything I tried in the last twelve months.
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Forcing it is the worst thing you can do. Also unless you're writing for some type of deadline you don't have to write. Its okay to take a break and watch some tube or do whatever you like to do.

Sometimes a block is the mind/muse saying its time to recharge. If you give it a little bit and still don't feel it, then reread your prior work, it can get you back in the flow. Like a jump start.
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You could check out the Story Ideas board. Or go through your music collection, Pintrest, your library... Smoke something funny, drink something that gives you a headache. Go out and look at people...
Ideas are easy. Starting stories is easy. The rest is hard. I ask myself (and others), "Have you FINISHED any good books lately?" Writing is like that. The voices in my head haven't cracked whips enough. Sad.

Try working in the other direction. Visualize an ending, even just a snapshot of anyone, anything. Now imagine what it took to reach there. A character hears a song with some emotional impact. What is their history with it? They flee a ravening mob, or stare into a fiery volcanic crater, or eat a lonely pizza slice, or dissect a unicorn, or are airtight with kin -- how and why?
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Ideas are easy. Starting stories is easy. The rest is hard. I ask myself (and others), "Have you FINISHED any good books lately?" Writing is like that. The voices in my head haven't cracked whips enough. Sad.
You're absolutely correct. Finishing stories is also the hard part for me, lately, but also thinking of, and writing down, the details. But it seems like recently, I found some inspiration for that too. As you suggest, knowing the end really seems to help. I hope I make it to the end

But the question here was about story ideas
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unless you're joyce carol oates i think everyone has dry spells and periods where they don't feel like writing. don't try to force yourself because what comes out will never satisfy you. there are all sorts of good ideas for inspiration in the responses above. i think you should try some of them. the story i'm currently writing came about because of a joke someone told me. the story has almost nothing to do with the joke, its what my brain processed from it. i've had inspiration from a dream, something i watched on TV and even, believe it or not, from "northanger abbey". none of those stories are actually derived from those sources, they just provoke a story in my head. just clear your mind and stop trying. the stories will find you.
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You're absolutely correct. Finishing stories is also the hard part for me, lately, but also thinking of, and writing down, the details. But it seems like recently, I found some inspiration for that too. As you suggest, knowing the end really seems to help. I hope I make it to the end

But the question here was about story ideas
Yes, ideas and writer's block are different things, in my mind. I've seen folk struggle horribly with writer's block where they have the ideas in abundance, but the words are blocked.

Loqui, poor bastard, is suffering something as bad, but different. No ideas? Shudder.
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I can't be the first person on this forum to run out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get them flowing again? Is there a third option I'm missing?
Correspond with some of your readers. Get them to pitch a story idea to you, something they'd like you to write. The current story I'm working on came about when one of my beta-readers sent me a story idea. I replied back that his idea was terrible, but it had given me an idea for a story, which I preceded to outline.
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What I'll do sometimes is browse sites with erotic pictures. When I find something that really pushes a button, I'll create a story of the people in the picture: who they are, how they got where they were in the picture, what they might be feeling or thinking, what came next. The more I look at the picture, the more details emerge, and by the time the process is finished, I might have the germ of a story.
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Ideas are easy. Starting stories is easy. The rest is hard. I ask myself (and others), "Have you FINISHED any good books lately?" Writing is like that. The voices in my head haven't cracked whips enough. Sad.

Try working in the other direction. Visualize an ending, even just a snapshot of anyone, anything. Now imagine what it took to reach there. A character hears a song with some emotional impact. What is their history with it? They flee a ravening mob, or stare into a fiery volcanic crater, or eat a lonely pizza slice, or dissect a unicorn, or are airtight with kin -- how and why?
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That's incomprehensible to me, to be honest. I pass a woman in the street, and there's the beginning of a story, if ever I needed another idea. Start with some tiny observation, and ask yourself, "I wonder why, I wonder when, I wonder what if..."
This is me too. I have so many ideas, not enough time to write them all out.
I get ideas from everywhere. Dreams, random things popping into my brain, and yes the random 'what if'.
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This is me too. I have so many ideas, not enough time to write them all out.
I get ideas from everywhere. Dreams, random things popping into my brain, and yes the random 'what if'.
I have more story ideas than I know what to do with. My brain comes up with them faster than I know how to write them. I've got an outline of about 50 story ideas and the odds I'll ever get around to writing half of them are small. Sometimes I run out of specific ideas about how to turn an idea into a good story, but that's a different problem.
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I have more story ideas than I know what to do with. My brain comes up with them faster than I know how to write them. I've got an outline of about 50 story ideas and the odds I'll ever get around to writing half of them are small. Sometimes I run out of specific ideas about how to turn an idea into a good story, but that's a different problem.
I usually jot down ideas at Blogger, and sometimes go back to read over them and have no clue what I meant! LOL!

But yeah I have so many ideas, started stories, even stories several chapters in, most will never get finished

But there are ideas everywhere! I get a couple every day. It could be my
bipolar, aspergers, PTSD, depression, etc...
One of my friends once told me I write awesome dialog, and I told her that's because I write what the voices in my head are telling me.
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Eh, it happens.

Maybe go with some prompts and write whatever silly comes to mind. Then go back later and see what you can work with.

But important not to hold back or filter:

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For me, it's probably from holiday fatigue. Too much good cheer, people, events, stress and so on. I have little time or energy left over for me and I get artistically drained.
I think you probably just identified the core of my problem there, HisArpy. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.

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That's incomprehensible to me, to be honest. I pass a woman in the street, and there's the beginning of a story, if ever I needed another idea.
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I have more story ideas than I know what to do with. My brain comes up with them faster than I know how to write them.
And believe me, I'm crazy jealous of people with that kind of natural talent like TxRad, electricblue66, and SimonDoom. But I'm not one of them and so I work within my limitations and push past them where and when I can.

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don't try to force yourself because what comes out will never satisfy you.
I think I agree, lovecraft68 and rae121452. Thanks for keeping me off the wrong path.

And thanks for all the great ideas and encouragement, ReubenR, TxRad, electricblue66, SimonDoom, Blind_Justice, Hypoxia, 8letters, jehoram, CoffeeWithMonkeys, and jomar. I think you've given me the third option I needed. I'm not going to wait for a story to come to me. I'm going to go out and hunt one down.

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And thanks for all the great ideas and encouragement, ReubenR, TxRad, electricblue66, SimonDoom, Blind_Justice, Hypoxia, 8letters, jehoram, CoffeeWithMonkeys, and jomar. I think you've given me the third option I needed. I'm not going to wait for a story to come to me. I'm going to go out and hunt one down.

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I usually jot down ideas at Blogger, and sometimes go back to read over them and have no clue what I meant! LOL!

But yeah I have so many ideas, started stories, even stories several chapters in, most will never get finished

But there are ideas everywhere! I get a couple every day. It could be my
bipolar, aspergers, PTSD, depression, etc...
One of my friends once told me I write awesome dialog, and I told her that's because I write what the voices in my head are telling me.
If the voices in your head speak in short punchy phrases with good punctuation and appropriate use of paragraphs, I say go with that.
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In the strange and permit-less wilderness of my mind, it's always open season on plot bunnies. They're tender but they breed like, well, bunnies.
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